What’s Happening This Weekend: Jan. 20–22

Every Thursday, we give you a list of 10 events happening this weekend in the Upstate.

State, local leaders defend BMW’s impact in the U.S.

S.C. Commerce Sec. Bobby Hitt on Tuesday voiced his support for BMW a day after Trump blasted the German automaker for not assembling more cars in this country.

Greenville Drive opens up season ticket sales

The Greenville Drive is preparing for opening day on April 6. Not only are they hard at work on getting the new additions to the stadium completed, they’ve already opened up ticket sales, most notably for season tickets.

Greenville Schools: Students don’t have to watch Trump inauguration in class

Parents of Greenville County Schools students can opt their children out of watching President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in class on Friday.

Centre Stage announces 2017-18 Main Stage shows

While there are some familiar titles in Centre Stage’s 2017-18 Main Stage lineup, there are some not-so-familiar plays and musicals scheduled, too. It’s possible because of the trust the theater has built up in recent years, Centre Stage’s Executive Artistic Director Glenda ManWaring said.

Coastal Crust now hosting weekly pop-ups at Pendleton Street location

Coastal Crust couldn’t have picked a nicer January day for its first pop-up at the truck’s future brick and mortar location.

Fireforge Crafted Beer finds a home on Washington St.

Fireforge Crafted Beer has finally found a home after a nearly two-year-long search. The location: 311 E. Washington Street.

Greenville Zoo’s Sumatran orangutan now on exhibit

Kumar, the Greenville Zoo’s new male Sumatran orangutan, is now on exhibit following the completion of his quarantine period, the Zoo announced Wednesday.

Swamp Rabbit Café launches wood-fired pizza restaurant

The concept is simple: wood-fired 12-inch pizzas made from strictly local ingredients and local beer, soda and kombucha on tap, consumed outside on the patio.

Women’s March on Washington — Greenville Rally to relocate

Due to the anticipated crowd size, the Women’s March on Washington — Greenville Rally has relocated, organizers announced Wednesday morning.

GB&D now open every Sunday for brunch

GB&D opened in August in the Village of West Greenville as a lunch-only location, Tuesday-Friday from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and over the last six months has gradually added in weekend brunches and Thursday Noodle Nights.

Toppers Pizza hopes to make some dough in the Upstate

Wisconsin-based pizza concept now looking for franchisees to open up to 10 stores in the Greenville, Spartanburg and Clemson areas during the next few years.

Clemson will lead research effort to eliminate traffic problems with wireless tech

The Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility will aim to make accidents a rarity and keep traffic moving without stopping for lights on the busiest highways — including, perhaps, Woodruff Road.

Baptist Easley Hospital opens new facility in Clemson

Baptist Easley has opened a new medical facility at Patrick Square. The building will include Clemson Primary Care, Clemson Neurology, Roger C. Peace Rehab Services, and Baptist Easley Sleep Lab. Outpatient radiology and laboratory services are also available at the site, located at 101 Chapman Hill Road, Clemson.

America is made great by those who remake it

Hope is engrained in the American way of life. It is that hope that led slaves to make that perilous journey in the darkness of night on an underground railroad to the light of freedom. It is that hope that led women to reach for the ballot.